BBC News – Cornelius Gurlitt: One lonely man and his hoard of stolen Nazi art


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A beach scene by German impressionist Max Liebermann

via BBC News – Cornelius Gurlitt: One lonely man and his hoard of stolen Nazi art.

Cornelius Gurlitt hoarded more than 1,500 works of art, some stolen from Jews in Nazi Germany, for more than half a century. The BBC’s Steve Evans was given exclusive access to the high-security storage depot where the 238 treasures he stored at one of his homes, in Austria, are now being held.

One day, no doubt, Hollywood will make a movie.

A reclusive man with his secret hoard of art. In the damp of his home, behind the shutters, spiders would crawl over masterpieces – until his secret was blown and his hidden trove uncovered.

Perhaps the script is already being written. It will be a crime movie, of course – some of these works were snatched from people who were being bundled away to be murdered.

It will be a mystery film, too – how did a sad and lonely man hide such a big collection of pictures for so long. Cornelius Gurlitt would sell a painting when he needed the money (just the odd few millions) – but didn’t the wise and intelligent of the art world ask any questions? Or did they not want to ask for fear of the answer?

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Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

13 thoughts on “BBC News – Cornelius Gurlitt: One lonely man and his hoard of stolen Nazi art

  1. What a sad life. Sounds like he never got married, had kids or really lived. Sad he made a choice to be kept prisoner by “things.” Seems like we’ve heard a lot of these types of stories in the last 20 years or so. What a waste all around for everyone.

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  2. I read an interesting piece in the Guardian a while back about Hitler’s fascination with the very art he detested and decried as degenerate–at the same time he hoarded the works and exhibited them, rather than just destroying them. Unbelievable that he considered himself an artist.

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